Ecuador's Tropic Journeys in Nature to Showcase New UNESCO Biosphere El Cajas Massif

Ecuador's Tropic Journeys in Nature to Showcase New UNESCO Biosphere El Cajas Massif

Ecuador Cajas National Park


Ecuador's award-winning ecotourism company, Tropic Journeys in Nature, since 1994 has led tours through the country's most engaging landscapes including El Cajas massif, which in late May 2013 was added to UNESCO's 12 newly designated International Biospheres for its ecological importance in the conservation and protection of biodiversity. In addition to El Cajas Massif, Ecuador has three designated biosphere reserves: Podocarpus - El Condor, Yasuni, Sumaco and Galapagos Islands.


"It is gratifying when a prestigious organization like UNESCO recognizes what we've known for years, and that's the importance of this region," notes Jascivan Carvalho, owner of Tropic Journeys in Nature LLC. His company's guided one-day walking tours of El Cajas National Park are among its most popular programs.


The El Cajas massif zone includes 232 lakes scattered through some one million hectares in four provinces (Azuay, Cañar, Guayas and El Oro) and such protected areas as Cajas National Park, the national protection and recreation Quimsacocha and coastal area. Eco systems range from marine-coastal to tropical rainforest forest harboring multiple species of flora and fauna. The massif is also a major source of water for the population of Cuenca.


According to the UNESCO press release, "The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) ... has added 12 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Biosphere Reserves are sites chosen by the MAB Programme to experiment with different approaches to the management of terrestrial, marine and coastal resources as well as fresh water. They also serve as in situ laboratories for sustainable development."


About Tropic Journeys in Nature

Tropic Journeys in NatureEstablished in 1994, Tropic is an award–winning ecotourism company specializing in responsible, community-based tourism in Ecuador. Carvalho launched his company to demonstrate that environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive tourism can be a viable business model. Tropic pioneered indigenous community tourism in the Amazon region with the Huaorani people and over many years has been a consistent supporter, partner and promoter of indigenous tourism initiatives with several indigenous communities and organizations including the Siecoya, Cofan, Siona, Achuar and Quichua.


The company also integrates tourism with ecological, economic, socio-cultural and political concerns with local community tourism initiatives in the Galapagos Islands, the Andean region and the Pacific coast region of Ecuador. Tropic's programs combine life-changing, active-but-cultural ecotourism experiences focusing on nature, conservation, diversity and sustainability in three distinct areas:

  • Huaorani Ecolodge at the headwaters of the Amazon in Yasuni National Park.
  • Floreana Lava Lodge a beachside accommodation in the Galapagos Islands, on Floreana Island.
  • Journeys in Nature – Sustainable guided nature and culture-focused tours throughout Ecuador in collaboration with conservationists groups and local communities.

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